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Opening of scaled-down Rite Aid in Craigsville to provide care to underserved community

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Rural counties without pharmacies are often home to a high proportion of populations considered vulnerable, including the elderly, the uninsured, the unemployed, and those with incomes below the federal poverty level.

Since these locations are typically small, people who live there often have to travel to larger areas to obtain basic services, including seeing a doctor or getting a prescription filled.

Rite Aid opened a micro store in Craigsville today and plans to open two more stores early next year. The company hopes to improve access to pharmaceutical services in underserved communities through these new locations. Additional stores are planned in Greenville and Scottsville.

The location is approximately 3,000 square feet, which is significantly smaller than the average standard location of 11,000 to 15,000 square feet.

The smaller-format stores will include a full-service pharmacy and an assortment of health and wellness products.

“With these new, smaller-format pharmacies, we are bringing essential pharmaceutical services to underserved communities,” said Andre Persaud, Retail Director of Rite Aid. “We look forward to becoming a vital member of this community and learning from this new store model as we explore expansion into other markets across the United States”

One in 10 Americans live more than five miles from the nearest pharmacy, and studies show that connecting and interacting with a pharmacist is a major factor in medication adherence, which, in turn, has a dramatic effect on health outcomes, according to a press release. sent by Rite Aid. The underuse of medicines generates more than 500 billion dollars each year in avoidable medical costs.

The Rite Aid Pharmacy in Craigsville, located in the heart of the community next to the library, post office and city hall, will meet a critical need for the town of less than 1,000 people.

Until now, residents had to drive to nearby communities for pharmacy services. The Rite Aid Pharmacy will employ a full-time pharmacist and a full-time pharmacy technician. Other part-time pharmacy technicians will float between two Rite Aid pharmacies in the area.

“Pharmacists play an essential role in health care – providing information and advice, screening for drug interactions, encouraging adherence to prescriptions, and providing important preventive care such as vaccinations and health checks. As a modern pharmacy, Rite Aid is committed to improving access and convenience to these important services and to fostering relationships between community members and their local pharmacist,” said Persaud.